Sunday, November 10, 2013

Migration and Transition

 Fox Sparrow
photograph - © Bruce A. Morrison
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Yes, I am still here, alive and kicking!  It has been a very busy fall so far here at the studio, and instead of being able to stop and reflect on what is transpiring around here, I've been just framing work for customers, printing to replace inventory and working on commissions for clients.  I'm afraid all work and no play "does" make Bruce a dull boy :(
 
 Harris' Sparrow (male)
photograph - © Bruce A. Morrison
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But it is definitely not dull outside the walls of this place!  As I work inside I'm always looking out the windows at the birds busily working about the yard and around the studio's bird feeders.  We are in the middle of the autumn migration and this seasonal transition does keep life interesting around here! 

 Blue Jay
photograph - © Bruce A. Morrison
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Birds are "eye candy" for me; and they are likely more responsible for my turning to painting and photography than any other influence.  And it was my early experiences with birds that drew me into the natural world - opening that window to everything else out there; the landscape, and all the flora and fauna in that landscape.
 
 Dark-eyed Junco (male)
photograph - © Bruce A. Morrison
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I enjoy seeing familiar faces return each fall and spring!  Like little friends that cheer you with just their demeanor.  Some can be seen here all year long, like the Red-bellied Woodpecker seen below or the Blue Jay a couple spots above, but their activities and numbers become more prevalent and (in the Blue Jay's case) they can become quite boisterous!  Yesterday was a case in point when we were outside with family and a Blue Jay was doing a very good Red-tail Hawk rendition...you always have to do a double take around here with the Blue Jays.  Last winter one even pulled the wool over my eyes with an amazingly good Bald Eagle imitation!  It had me walking all over the yard watching it call so I didn't think I was losing my mind. (I was convinced I was hearing things!)
 

 Red-bellied Woodpecker (female)
photograph - © Bruce A. Morrison
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The Fox Sparrows at the top of the post are nearly gone now, passing through to the south, but the Harris' Sparrows and the Juncos are still here in good numbers; some seasons these two species stay all winter...I hope we'll get lucky again this year.

Others have "just" shown up; we had our first Pine Siskin of the fall yesterday and the Tree Sparrows were just outside the studio deck this morning eating the seeds off of the Big bluestem grasses we planted there...I imagine they're enjoying the bounty of grass and forb seeds in our prairie pasture as I type.  The Tree Sparrows will stay all winter long and be with us until March...I'll have to work on getting a nice photograph of one this winter...in between my puttering about with my daily chores inside.

Transitions are perpetual, change is inevitable...I the case of migration - I keep looking forward to it each season!

 

4 comments:

hagendaz said...

Love that Fox Sparrow! So colorful.

Prairie Painter said...

Yes they are beautiful little birds up close!

Anonymous said...

Wow! When is your "Bird Book" coming out?!

Prairie Painter said...

No books, just fun watching :)